Walt Disney World Resort’s Reopening Guidelines
After shutting down operations in March 2020 to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Walt Disney World Resort published their reopening guidelines for all of their Orlando theme parks. As Disney-loving fans and families both near and far are no doubt eager to re-experience the magic of the “Happiest Place on Earth,” there are some important park updates that attendees must know before they go, such as when the Disney parks are set to reopen and what new protocols and operational changes have been put in place to ensure a safe visit and the well-being of all cast members and guests.
Anticipated Reopening Dates
To manage a safe and healthy reopening to the public, Walt Disney World Resort have staggered the reopening of their four major theme parks between two dates:
- Magic Kingdom: Saturday, July 11, 2020
- Animal Kingdom: Saturday, July 11, 2020
- Epcot: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
- Hollywood Studios: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Reopening Guidelines for Disney Parks
In order to prioritize the health and safety of park guests, Walt Disney World Resort has established a clear set of guidelines that will be implemented and followed by staff members and all those who choose to attend each of the parks:
- Required Temperature Checks – All guests are required to undergo a temperature check before being permitted to enter any of the parks. Those with temperatures at and exceeding 100.4 degrees will be prevented from entering. As an extra precaution, other members of their party will also not be able to enter.
- Mandatory Face Coverings – Guests ages two and older must wear a form of covering over their mouths and noses while occupying public spaces in the parks. Acceptable facial coverings include masks, or any other type of fabric that guests can secure and use to cover their mouths and noses while still being able to breathe. Guests are not required to wear masks when swimming or eating. Masks worn as part of a costume are not permitted.
- No Park-Hopping – Guests will only be able to attend one of the Disney parks a day. The popular ability to park hop will not be permitted in order to promote safe practices.
- Advance Reservations Required – A new style of pass system is being designed that makes it mandatory for guests to reserve the date they are going to attend the parks in advance. Guests without a reservation will not be admitted entry.
- Limited Park Capacity – The guest capacity of each park will be significantly reduced to promote social distancing.
Temporarily Closures – A select number of in-park activities will not be available to guests during the first stages of reopening in order to promote healthy and safe practices. Some of these activities include playgrounds, certain character meet and greets, and select night shows and parades. Guests will still be able to interact with characters around each park; however, such interactions will be limited in order to abide by proper social distancing practices.
Other cancellations include the following:
- Previous reservations for dining and tours
- All FastPass+ selections and Disney dining plans included in packages
- Extra Magic Hours
A Safe Place to Stay in Orlando
The Clarion Inn at Lake Buena Vista (soon to be known as the Rosen Inn Lake Buena Vista) is the perfect place to wind down after an exciting, exhilarating, and fun-filled day spent at any of the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks.
To ensure a safe environment during your stay, our affordable, clean, and comfortable Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotel has recently been upgraded with new sanitization features. Such safety upgrades include hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the hotel, clear protective borders at the front desk, floor markers for proper social distancing, and more frequently cleaned common areas, touchpoints, and rooms with hospital-grade disinfectants.
After reserving your visit to any of the Disney parks, you can reserve your room with us by clicking “Check Room Availability” above or by giving us a call at 407-996-7236.